'Next LeBron James' is not the next LeBron

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NBA teams have been jockeying for position in the 2014 draft since before the 2013 selection, hoping to nab a future All-Star in a stacked draft class.

The likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle have taken the college game by storm, and the highly-touted freshman stars are tipped to light up the next level too.

Canadian ace Wiggins has been dubbed the second coming of LeBron James, but according to well respected Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, there will be no such LeBron-type mega-star in the upcoming draft.

He told as reported by The Big Lead: "There's not player that's out there on the horizon that's a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James," said the Hall of Fame coach.

That may disappoint a few of the NBA teams expected to tank this season in preparation for next year's draft.

Eastern Conference strugglers the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics seem to be trading away their hopes this term in the hope of securing top lottery picks next year.

The Raptors dealt Rudy Gay to the Sacremento Kings, while the Celtics and 76ers shed some of their top stars - including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jrue Holiday - in the off-season.

But Boeheim thinks they may be disappointed if they expect a LeBron James type star.

“I’ve seen all these guys play. I think they’re very talented players. They’re not that kind of player.

"They’re not transcendent players that are gonna make your franchise into a 10-12-15-year winning franchise because you’re there. I don’t see that.”


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